If you’re a runner, you’re bound to “run into” some foot and ankle problems. Sometimes, these can be easily treated on your own at home. Other times, it’s crucial that you see a podiatrist so your issue or injury doesn’t get any worse. If it’s bad enough, you’ll know, but when you’re unsure, there are some noticeable signs that will show up fairly quickly.
1. Pain During Normal Daily Activities
If you run nearly every day and feel some tightness or muscle soreness at the beginning of your run, but it disappears after you warm up, you’re probably good to go. Try the R.I.C.E method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to ease any discomfort.
If after several days the pain is still present, and you start to feel it during normal daily activities – such as walking to your car, standing in line, etc. – then you should consider making an appointment with a podiatrist to see if you need to have any foot and ankle problems treated.
2. Pain Accompanied by Swelling, Numbness, Tingling or Other Similar Sensations
Symptoms such as swelling, numbness, or tingling in your feet and legs are red flags that something is wrong and you should seek medical treatment. Swelling could indicate inflammation and numbness or tingling could indicate that something isn’t right with your nerves. If you feel any of these symptoms, stop running and contact your doctor.
3. Pain That Alters Your Walking Gait
A person’s gait refers to their individual way of walking. If you’re feeling pain and are limping, you could be at risk for other common foot and ankle problems such as arthritis, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, calluses, ingrown toenails, and more. Make an appointment with a podiatrist to find out for sure.
If you’re a runner, foot and ankle problems can be troublesome, especially if you’re training for a race. The important thing to remember is that if you don’t address them sooner rather than later, they will trip you up for sure, and there will be no running in any race for quite some time.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain that you think could be from previous running injuries or current foot and ankle problems, you should contact a podiatrist. If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.